Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Carrot, Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup

We had a spoonful of a friend's sweet potato and coconut soup at Paul and Elizabeth's when we were home for the holidays that we wanted to replicate at home. The richness of the coconut and the warmth of the spices are perfect for a filling winter meal. The key here is to cook the carrots until they're really soft--it's OK for the sweet potatoes to get a little broken-down if that's what needs to happen for the carrots to blend smoothly.

2 teaspoons butter or oil
3 carrots, diced
1 large sweet potato, diced
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 cup coconut milk
Salt to taste

Heat butter or oil in a large saucepan over medium-high. Add carrots and sweet potatoes and stir, then add spices and saute 2-3 minutes to coat. Add water just to cover, bring a to a boil, then lower heat and simmer 25-35 minutes, until carrots are very tender. Transfer to a blender, add coconut milk and blend until smooth. (Optional: pass through a food mill for a perfectly velvety texture.) Return to saucepan, add salt to taste and simmer 2-3 minutes more.


Ingrid said...

Yum! I love raw soup. Thanks for sharing. :-)

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Indianfoodlover said...

Okay, you guys -- first of all, Bloglines sucks. You have two new posts, but the reader just didn't pick up the feed. When that happens, what's a girl supposed to do on a Saturday morning for good food porn?

Anyway...this recipe sounds wonderful (as does Paul and Elizabeth's). I make a version with either pumpkin or butternut squash, but I have recently discovered I like sweet potatoes, so I am going to try this.

Also, do you know this recipe? It sounds good.

I Heart Kale said...

The same thing has been happening to me with Bloglines! (Where, incidentally, I have saved that 101 cookbooks recipe, always meaning to get around to it, so this may be the push I need to actually do it). If you don't mind filling your inbox with veggies, you can subscribe using the box in the top right-hand corner and then never miss a recipe because of Bloglines' technical issues.

Enjoy the soup!

Anonymous said...

Try garnishing with chili oil and cilantro! MMMMMMMMMM!

I Heart Kale said...

Mm, chili oil--always a good idea!